I lost a special person who is directly responsible for where I am in my life/career. Kathy Fogg was one of two people who ran the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC (Larry Turman is the ‘leader’ of the program – but Kathy did all the day-to-day). I know for a fact she was the one who pulled my application and was the champion for me, which resulted in my acceptance into the program. And when I received the call I got in and needed to be there within 48 hours, Kathy opened up her home to me. She put me up in her house for almost a month. I got off the plane not knowing a person in LA, never having been west of Colorado, with no place to live and no car. She (and her late husband) didn’t just allow me to stay at their house, they made me feel like I was part of their family. Since then Kathy and I always joked that she was my LA mom. In fact, she had a ton of furniture in storage and gave me most of it. That’s the type of person she was.
I don’t know if I have ever met someone who was more caring, upbeat and giving. It was such a contrast to what you’re told LA is all about, which made the program feel like a family. I think that element will forever be gone no matter how great those who running it are. And I will forever be grateful to her for so many things.
Rest in Peace Kathy.